​​Eden Blue Centre

Folk Group / Folk Orchestra


Teacher: Bruce            

Time: Saturday 12.30pm-2.00pm

​Level: Basic competency in one or more musical instruments 

Cost: Adults £8.00 drop-in / £7 per session when paid for the term in advance. 

Info: Each folk orchestra session is one and a half hours long. Please bring your own instrument to the session.

Calling all acoustic musicians!


  • The folk group / orchestra is for musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds
  • All participants must have some playing skills
  • Learn about different folk music traditions, from British folk music to American folk music
  • Learn Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes, Contra, Bouree and more
  • All sessions led by Bruce, a highly experienced professional musician and teacher with over 30 years' experience
  • Please bring your own instrument
  • Opportunity to play at folk dance sessions and other musical events
  • Meet other Sussex-based musicians 
  • To enquire please complete the online booking enquiry form or call 01323 639883.


Bringing together local musicians


The Folk Group / Folk Orchestra is a group for local musicians. Instruments such as fiddles, mandolins, pipes, whistles, melodeons, accordians, guitars, basses, ukulele, percussion, etc are welcome. The Folk Group / Orchestra is a mixed ability group although some playing skills are needed, together with a willingness to learn and practice.

The Folk Orchestra is a chance to get together and play with others, and learn some repertoire, based on British, French and American folk traditions.

In this group you will learn Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes, Contra, Bouree, Waltz tunes, by ear and with notation. The aim is to learn how to play and arrange these tunes in a way to make music that is exciting to play, to dance to and listen to.

Eventually we would hope to be able to play at ceilidhs (folk dance sessions) and bals (French folk dance sessions), and maybe team up with callers and dance instructors.

Bruce has over 30 years of teaching in musicianship and instrumental skills. He currently plays with Moltenamba and Climax Ceilidh, plus occasional trio gigs fronted with 2 fiddle players. Bruce plays guitar, mandolin, dobro and ukulele, and can give more in depth help with these instruments, but the basic principles of music apply to all instruments. The aim is to help each other improve and support each other musically.